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The new wave of female pop empowerment

Meghan Trainor exploded onto the music scene this year with her groovy, sugar-laced pop album, “Title.” Among the songs on her album, which features a mashup sound of hip-hop, dancehall and 1950s chord sets, is the song “All About that Bass.”

February 06, 2015 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | Hot Topics


Cookbook review: 'I Love Ramen' spruces up a college staple

"I LOVE RAMEN," by Toni Patrick, Gibbs Smith, $16.99, 128 pages

February 05, 2015 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Hot Topics




Handwritten thank-you's lift both writer, recipient

To construct a brand-sparkling-new skyscraper, builders demolish the existing structure. Sometimes, it is only after the edifice is a pile of rubble that someone steps forward and says that it was a palace.

February 04, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Super Bowl is an all-consuming experience

I have been at the mountain top. I have seen the promised land. I was in Phoenix during Super Bowl Week.

February 04, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Searching for Super' features superheroes without superpowers

"SEARCHING FOR SUPER," by Marion Jensen, Harper, $14.99, 251 pages (f) (ages 8-12)

February 03, 2015 | Tori Ackerman Deseret News | Hot Topics


Hollywood has reboot fever!

A lot of big movie news landed this week. The new “Fantastic Four” trailer hit the Internet, previewing a movie that bears no resemblance at all to the first two movies that bore the same name or the Fantastic Four comic books. That happened on the same day that director Paul Feig announced the cast and release date for his all-female version of “Ghostbusters” and rumors began to swirl that “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt was first in line to replace Harrison Ford as the new Indiana Jones.

February 03, 2015 | Jim Bennett Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


The key to parenting a teenager: communication

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Though known worldwide as a day of love, for parents of teenagers it can seem more like a nightmare.

February 03, 2015 | Jessie Shepherd KSL | Hot Topics


Astronomers find 11.2 billion-year-old solar system

BIRMINGHAM, England — An ancient solar system with five rocky planets was recently discovered by astronomers.

February 03, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Tips for remodeling a bathroom

Home remodeling takes money. How much depends on the level of remodeling you intend to do. Obviously, the more involved the project the more expensive it will be.

January 31, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Rules and advice from 'Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff'

Earlier this month, "Downtown Abbey" resumed with its fifth season airing Sundays on PBS.

January 28, 2015 | Christine Rappleye Deseret News | Hot Topics


Images show asteroid that passed by earth has its own moon

GOLDSTONE, Calif. — The mountain-sized asteroid that passed close by earth Monday has its own small moon, according to NASA.

January 27, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Remembrandt' is an action novel about teen spy with total recall

"REMEMBRANDT," by Robin M. King, Walnut Springs Press, $16.99, 204 pages (f)

January 26, 2015 | Hikari Loftus Deseret News | Hot Topics


12 of NASA scientists' favorite images of the sun

In celebration of the 100 millionth image of the sun captured by a NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory instrument, scientists shared 12 of their all-time favorites.

January 25, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


3-step check to get emotionally unstuck

When we desire change but seem stuck in 6 feet of emotional mud, try this three-step check. It’s simple, doable and creates a jumpstart to change.

January 22, 2015 | Connie Sokol KSL | Hot Topics


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Life-centered design improves lives through remodeling

Residential architecture is more than just making a house look pretty. Function is a critical feature of any home and must be given equal or even greater billing than aesthetics.

February 28, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: Lady Trent's search for dragons returns in 'Voyage of the Basilisk'

"VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK: A Memoir by Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons, Vol 3," by Marie Brennan, Tor Books, $25.99, 352 pages (f)

February 28, 2015 | Mike Whitmer Deseret News | Hot Topics


Cookbook review: 'Gluten-Free on a Budget' shares comfort foods

"GLUTEN-FREE ON A BUDGET," by Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer, Front Table Books, $21.99, 250 pages

February 26, 2015 | Andrea McDonald Deseret News | Hot Topics


Author Ransom Riggs draws inspiration from old photos for Peculiar Children series, sequel 'Hollow C

Ever since author Ransom Riggs was a child, he has loved collecting things. At first, it was baseball cards. Now an adult, he collects peculiar vintage photos, which he began accumulating about five years ago.

February 24, 2015 | Ginny Romney Deseret News | Hot Topics


New pictures of dwarf planet show ‘mysterious’ bright spots

PASADENA, Calif. — Researchers are closer than ever to seeing the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres.

February 22, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Adding curb appeal to your house

Real estate professionals say it time and time again: Curb appeal (or the lack thereof) can make or break a deal. They say potential buyers form their opinions about a given property within the first 15 seconds of viewing a house. Whether you are selling your house or not, curb appeal is important and can be a source of pride and satisfaction for a homeowner.

February 22, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


‘Fireball’ meteor lights up Pittsburgh sky in video

PITTSBURGH — A 500-pound meteor put on a show early Tuesday morning.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Mysterious haze on Mars puzzles scientists

The discovery of an unusually large, hazy plume on Mars by amateur astronomers is now puzzling the experts.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


16 images to celebrate the International Year of Light

Light is a powerful force in the universe.

February 19, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | Hot Topics


Book review: 'The Line That Divides' is a historical thriller, love story set in WWII

"THE LINE THAT DIVIDES: A World War II Novel," by Melanie Mason, Walnut Springs Press, $17.99, 229 pages (f)

February 18, 2015 | Micah Klug Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: Vandagriff's 'Exile' shares romance in pre-WWII Europe

"EXILE," by G.G. Vandagriff, The Orson Whitney Press, $12.99, 311 pages (f)

February 17, 2015 | Hikari Loftus Deseret News | Hot Topics


Selma is among holy places in America

There are places that are holy in American history. There is Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord are places where our country began. Ground Zero in Manhattan and a field in Pennsylvania need no explanation. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.

February 12, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret Media Companies | Hot Topics


Make no mistake about it, Valentine's Day is about feasting

Make no mistake about it, Valentine's Day is about feasting — or at least that's how it was originally intended.

February 11, 2015 | Andrea Hancock Deseret News | Hot Topics


Fruit Pizza Cookies involve the whole family with delicious results

When it comes to making Valentine's Day treats, sugar cookies are always a winner.

February 11, 2015 | Jana Stocks Brown Deseret News | Hot Topics


Valentine's Day is for everyone



I feel sad whenever I hear someone grumble, "I hate Valentine's Day."

February 11, 2015 | Michelle Lehnardt Deseret News | Hot Topics


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